Economics Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email YouTube A dollar. That's all Esther Afua Ocloo needed to kickstart Ghana's first food processing factory in 1942. She was a college student. And she was broke. So she used the money, a gift from her aunt, to buy some oranges, sugar, firewood and jam jars. She produced 12 pots of marmalade. And Nkulenu Industries was born. She sold the jam to her classmates, then the school, then the country, then the world. Ocloo, the star of today's Google Doodle, was more than a jam star. She also became a pioneer in the field of microfinance — lending a small amount of money to women with a dream like she once had. The daily drawing, which sits just above the search bar on Google's homepage, depicts a group of women in colorful printed dresses selling citrus fruit, blankets and jam. They represent the small business owners Ocloo helped throughout her career. Ocloo, who passed away in 2002, would have celebrated her 98th birthday … [Read more...] about How Did A Jam Queen From Ghana Get To Be A Google Doodle?
Science Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email The Google Doodle for January 9, 2018 honors Har Gobind Khorana. Google hide caption toggle caption Google Tuesday's Google Doodle honors Har Gobind Khorana. He would have turned 96 on this day according to legal documentation, though nobody knows the exact date the Nobel Prize-winning scientist was born. Khorana was from a small village of roughly 100 in what is now Raipur, Pakistan, but was part of India in 1922. The youngest of five, Khorana and his siblings learned to read and write from their father at a time when there were very few literate people in the area. "His family was probably the only literate family in the village. It was a struggle, I'm sure," says Uttam RajBhandary, a professor of molecular biology at MIT and Khorana's colleague and close friend of almost 50 years. "He came from a very humble background to become an icon in biology." Khorana studied chemistry at Punjab University in Lahore and did … [Read more...] about The Man In The Google Doodle: From Poor Villager To Nobel Prize Winner
Thursday's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 107th birthday of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, an Indian astrophysicist famous for his theory on the evolution of stars. "The Chandrasekhar limit," Google writes, "explains that when a star's mass is lighter than 1.4 times that of the sun, it eventually collapses into a denser stage called a white dwarf. When heavier than 1.4, a white dwarf can continue to collapse and condense, evolving into a black hole or a supernova explosion." In 1983, he won the Nobel Prize for Physics. Chandrasekhar, who moved to the U.S. to become a University of Chicago professor in the late 1930s, died in Chicago in 1995 at the age of 84. "Today we honor the original starman whose universal theories propel current space research and modern astronomy on their ambitious missions," Google said. Here's a look at a portion of the animation: His birthday Doodle is an adorable animation of a star wishing to be heavier on a set of scales in order to continue … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Google Doodle stars Nobel-winning astrophysicist
Tuesday's Google Doodle remembers legendary Latin singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez on the anniversary of her first solo album. The late singer, who hailed from Corpus Christi, Texas, was 18 when the album "Selena" was released on Oct. 17, 1989. Quintanilla-Perez was one of the most influential Latin-American singers of all time, known as "The Queen of Tejano." She died at 23 on March 31, 1995, when she was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club. The singer's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, said she was happy to oblige when Google asked her for her blessing on a Selena Doodle, CNET en Español reports. "It will become viral," Quintanilla said. "We are very excited to share this Doodle. It is a great honor." Selena remembered 20 years after her death Quintanilla said Perla Campos, the marketing leader for the Google Doodles team, and Kevin Laughlin, the cartoonist for Selena's Doodle, visited Corpus Christi to meet with her and show her what they … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Google Doodle pays tribute to Selena
If you check out Google online Sunday, a black ribbon on its home page marks the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Google regulars know that the website frequently dresses up its logo for special occasions. They call them google doodles. And we called on our John Blackstone, to find out why:This story originally aired April 25, 2010.At Google's Silicon Valley corporate headquarters, the artists painting on digital canvases are producing works of art that will be viewed by millions . . . but disappear in just 24 hours.They are the creators of Google's Doodles, the often playful illustrations that regularly transform Google's home page to mark things like holidays . . . famous birthdays . . . and notable discoveries and inventions.On the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope you saw Google celebrate the achievement.Gallery: Google Doodles"Just doing a little rough sketch where things are going to go, and hope that the engineers at NASA do not check this for … [Read more...] about The Art of Google Doodles